Donald Glen Wilson
Donald Glen Wilson
Дон «Дракон» Уилсон
Дон «Дракон» Уилсон
Don "The Dragon" Wilson
The Year of the Dragon happens only once every 12 years. According to the kickboxing calendar, the Dragon ruled the world for 11 consecutive years. Eleven years — beginning on October 13, 1980, when he first became the world champion — Don Wilson, nicknamed the Dragon, defeated everyone and everyone, traveling around all countries and continents, fighting under the auspices of all organizations and by any rules.
Don "Dragon" Wilson (born September 10, 1954, Coco Beach (Florida), USA) in a family of Vietnamese-Irish descent. He studied well at school and was very active in sports: American football and basketball, athletics. Dreamed of space. - kickboxer, film actor, producer and screenwriter. For 11 years, Don Dragon repeatedly became the world champion in three weight categories, defeating a total of 11 world champions. As a child, Don often had to fight to fend for himself, because he lived in a place where there were practically no Asians, and there were plenty of white racists and black gangs. Wilson got his nickname “Dragon” after he began to study the karate style of the same name (dragon style) in 1976, and in 1984 the independent organization STAR, leading its rating, announced that Don surpassed the world's greatest kickboxers in all respects — Benny Urkides, Bill Wallace, and Joe Lewis — and thus became the greatest.
Kickboxing track record:
82 fights, 72 wins (47 by knockout), 5 losses, 2 draws, 3 no contest.
11 World Cup titles in different versions: IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and PKO. He took the last title at the age of 45.
Member of the Hall of Fame (WKL World Kickboxing League).
Weight - medium to light heavy.
On May 14, 1999, Don Wilson entered the ring in Massachusetts to meet with Dick Kimber. The dragon flew into the city to win the world title. At the end of the third round, this happened. The dragon struck with his left, and then with a few lightning strikes sent the "Destroyer" to the down.
In 1985, Wilson travels to Los Angeles to begin a film career. At first, episodic roles of a purely one plan “go and give it up” pass to him. Wilson is fortunate that “B-Class King” Roger Corman decided to make a kickboxer movie. Why did I start looking for real kickboxers - everyone pointed to Wilson. Corman telephoned Wilson and invited him to shoot. In tandem with the "Dragon" was supposed to star Van Damme. Fortunately, a movie fight is not at all what a fight really is. Despite his successes, with the greatest warmth, Wilson recalls the days when he was engaged in kickboxing.
"I was in love with this sport and can only hope that I have given him as much as he gave me"
Don put about 20 attacks in a single round. While his opponents during the same period was carried out (at best) seven or eight blows.
"The key to this was training, says Wilson, My classes were designed to make my legs jump all twelve rounds."
To purchase this super form Wilson has practiced his method of "exercise iron man".
"I wanted to learn how to strike as easily as dance, says Wilson.— And for that, I needed strength, speed, flexibility and endurance." As the first phase of "exercise iron man" Wilson practiced an hour of vigorous training on a stationary bike.
"It pumped my hips and had a great impact on my swing," he says.
The second phase of training began intense training in running, in which short sprint races were interspersed with the races on long distances.
The third part was a non-stop 45-minute workout with a skipping rope.
After that Wilson dived into the pool and began to practice the technique of UDA trench foot, using a greater resistance of the water.
"I went into the water on the shoulders and began kicking in the water, says Wilson.— It allowed me a safe way to stretch, flatten and strengthen the muscles of the legs. I also tried to attack over the water, greatly increasing the speed at that moment when my leg broke the surface of the water."
Through such intense training, the Wilson has achieved so much advantages over rivals.
"My goal was never to get tired during a fight, says Wilson. I knew that if I could for 12 rounds to inflict kicks, I will have great chances of winning via knockout or on points."
In addition to its "training iron man" Wilson also developed his skills in Boxing and kickboxing.
Although Wilson and trained intensely, he carefully watched so as not to overwork. "I always listened to my body, says Wilson, the winner of ten world titles in three weight classes.— If I felt very tired, I gave myself a break. If I happen to damage any part of the body, then I developed other muscle groups as long as the injury did not heal".
Despite the fact that career takes him a long time, Wilson continues his grueling workouts.
"I can't give them as much time as I would like, says Wilson, but from time to time, I continue to train as if preparing for battle. I like the sense of concentration, which I take physical exercise, as in the ring and out of it."
Wilson also recognizes that it can not reject the idea of returning to the sport.
"Sometimes the desire is so strong that I want to jump in the ring right in a tuxedo and to combat some of these guys, he says. Wilson stops for a second, and then laughs.— But hell, my girlfriend, my agent and Manager would have killed me on the spot, and these three I'm not your rival. Life goes on, and I have to admit that now my life is very good".
In his words of encouragement to young athletes Wilson said:
No matter what you have planned in your life – sports, music or engaging in anything else. The main thing – confidently go to his goal and every day take one small step towards her. And then you will succeed and you will find yourself in life, as once I have found myself. And do well.